It’s cruise season in Bay Port

2019-01-23 06:00
= The Queen Elizabeth cruise liner was a splendid sight in the Port Elizabeth Harbour on Monday. This photo was taken from the Paxton Hotel in South End which has panoramic views of the harbour.     Photo:WERNER PETERSEIL

= The Queen Elizabeth cruise liner was a splendid sight in the Port Elizabeth Harbour on Monday. This photo was taken from the Paxton Hotel in South End which has panoramic views of the harbour. Photo:WERNER PETERSEIL

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PORT Elizabeth Harbour is experiencing a busy cruiseliner season with two impressive dockings this week.

On Monday, the imposing Queen Elizabeth could be seen in the harbour and today, the Port of PE is looking forward to welcoming the MV Ocean Dream cruiseliner, also known as “Peace Boat,” on her maiden port call.

Peace Boat voyages create a unique environment in which people can live, learn and relax together while visiting some of the most fascinating regions on earth.

During each voyage, Peace Boat organises a range of educational activities, including conferences by guest educators, workshops, lectures, language classes and cultural programmes.

A tour for invited guests, including Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, will be held on the vessel this morning.

Port manager, Rajesh Dana, said that the port is scheduled to receive altogether 18 cruise vessel calls this season between November 2018 and April 2019, operated by 12 different companies.

“Cruiseliner tourism is aligned with TNPA’s vision of transforming the port into a smart people’s port.

“The cruise season provides a big boost for Nelson Mandela Bay’s economy, allowing tourists to access recreational, leisure and wildlife experiences in and around our city.

“We’re delighted that cruiseliners continue to show confidence in our city,” Dana said.

Another highlight is the much-loved favourite, Saga Pearl II, operated by Saga Cruises.

She will arrive at South African shores in March as part of an epic 54-night cruise. Our country will represent her final voyage ahead of her retirement. She will make way for Saga Cruises’ first new-build ship, Spirit of Discovery.

Other visits to the Port of PE include:

  • Seabourn Sojourn: 18 February, 24 February and 9 March
  • Crystal Serenity: 10 March
  • Saga Pearl II: 13 March
  • Viking Sun: 16 March
  • Le Lyrial: 28 March
  • Queen Victoria: 10 April
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